How is the YDT Structured?


The program is split into a Training and a Service component.

The Training component includes not only the Certificate IV study, but participation in our Explore School [encompassing 10 weekend seminars over the year], other selected Ellel events, prayer ministry workshops, team challenges, investment from various guest speakers, pastoral care through mentors, times of personal study and more. All these aspects will help you to develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and how to apply its principles in your everyday life.

Training also includes learning life skills such as -

  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Food Preparation and Hygiene
  • Effective Teaching and Leadership Skills
  • Relationship Skills such as effective communication, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence
  • Faith Skills like communication with God, developing a consistent prayer life and personal devotional habits
  • Prayer Ministry Skills
  • and many moreā€¦


The Service component includes many jobs that involve working behind the scenes; such as cooking, cleaning and preparing rooms, washing up, grounds work and maintenance. Other jobs put you in direct contact with our guests as you welcome them, serve their meals and make them feel comfortable and loved. Service is where you learn to work within a team, work under authority and gain experience in leadership on a variety of projects and tasks.

Serving in these areas also allows us to significantly reduce the YDT course fees, keeping them well below what would be expected for any full-board accredited course of study.


Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology

The following subjects will be studied over the course of the year.

  • Practical Christianity - gaining a deeper understanding of who God is, and how we can practically apply the truth of the Bible in our everyday lives.
  • Identity in Christ - understanding our identity as men and women in Christ, our capacity to be image bearers of God's presence.
  • Introduction to Old Testament - an overview of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi.
  • Introduction to New Testament - exploring some of the NT books including the Gospels, Galatians, James, John's letters and 1 & 2 Timothy.
  • Foundations of Christian Belief - looking at a variety of issues facing Christians today, providing Biblical and theological insight and understanding.
  • Prayer Ministry Skills - developing the skills, experience and theological understanding required to pray for others in a ministry situation.
  • Team Building, Leading and Communication Skills - developing the skills and competencies required to work, lead and communicate in a team situation.
  • Teaching and Presentation Skills - learning to engage an audience and communicate Kingdom truths in an effective and creative way.


For more information download our Student Handbook here.




Questions? Feel free to contact us ... either by emailing ydt.support@ellel.org.au or by phoning +61 (02) 4633 8102